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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Interview: Finally Centerstage and Singing: The Hello Girls at 59E59 Theaters

  Cathryn Wake, Skyler Volpe, Ellie Fishman, Chanel Karimkhani, Lili Thomas Photo by Richard Termine It was the phrase “unsung heroes” that captured Cara Reichel’s attention. The hour-long PBS documentary spotlighting women in the military only devoted about two minutes … Continue reading


Published: Role Call: Executive Director: Robert Serrell

Originally published in American Theatre Magazine View this story online  “I’m such a nerd,” laughs Robert Serrell, executive director of the Barrow Group Theatre Company and School, then launches into a detailed explanation of search engine optimization techniques. This is hardly … Continue reading


Published: Intimate Exchanges

Originally published in American Theatre magazine View this story online Adam Noble had been teaching an advanced scene study class for just one month when he faced a startling encounter with sexual assault in acting. A student came to him … Continue reading


Published: How Do You Conjure a Feminist Icon Onstage?

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online Breaking new ground for women in theatre is nothing new for Emily Mann. The 66-year-old playwright and director, who has served as the artistic director of New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre Center since 1991, … Continue reading


Published: How Immersive Theater Is Bringing Intimacy Back to Entertainment

Originally published on Electric Literature View this story online  Where is Narnia?” I joked as I stepped through the back of the large wooden wardrobe featured in the center of a Lower East Side basement. I didn’t actually expect to … Continue reading


Review: Be More Chill

“Welcome to the human social ritual known as theater,” intones the pre-recorded voice before the curtain rises on Be More Chill. But theater is just one of the social rituals featured in this new musical that skewers and satirizes societal … Continue reading


Published: How Do You Direct Two Musicals at Once?

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online Working on two shows simultaneously has driven Andy Sandberg to drink — large quantities of Pepsi Max. “The actors frequently tease me because I am constantly carrying two-liter bottles in my hand,” says … Continue reading


Review: This Ain’t No Disco

The lanky man in the blonde wig has the right idea. The lights in the club are suitably dim, but he keeps his sunglasses on for almost his entire time onstage. Audience members at This Ain’t No Disco, the sprawling … Continue reading